The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and the NBA Finals scored pretty nicely as well. Game 4 (6.0/17) was up 9% from last year’s Game 4 battle between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. In fast nationals, Tuesday’s game drew 13.97 million viewers and garnered an overnight rating of 12.4, the highest-rated Game 4 since the 14.5 of 2004′s LA Lakers-Detroit Pistons court battle. The series so far is averaging an 11.6 overnight rating, ABC’s highest since 2004 and the second highest since the network began broadcasting the NBA Finals.
The news was not so upbeat at NBC: After double America’s Got Talent repeats at 8 PM (1.5/5) and 9 PM (1.8/5), Tuesday’s new episode of Love In The Wild (1.3/4) was down 13%. That marks the lowest rating for the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show since the 1.6/4 of its season premiere June 5. Last night’s episode drew 4.1 million viewers.
ABC’s NBA Finals lead-ins Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (2.5/9) at 8 PM was the same as last year’s fast national, while the 8:30 PM NBA Countdown (2.8/9) was down 3%. Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/7) was flat with last week. MasterChef (2.0/6) was down 5%. CBS aired repeats with NCIS (1.3/4), NCIS: LA (1.2/3) and 48 Hours Mystery (1.1/3)
ABC won the night among adults 18-49 and in viewers (11.623 million). Overall television viewership was down 4% from last week’s 8-10 PM time frame.
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